The three Classes of Gambling are defined by the level of involvement people have in them.
Class I involves the social side of gambling which are associated with celebrations. This would include door prize events, drawings for low value prizes compared to individual investment. It is not considered a game of chance for the reason that it is mostly within a small group for a common goal.
Class II involves specific localized games which rise above small door prizes but only slightly. It has components of chance included and competition is fully involved. Common examples are Bingo, pull tabs and lottery style games.
Class III is everything beyond the first levels. High levels of chance and skill are present. This level includes everything in the realm of Casinos, Poker Rooms and Races.
Class II and III are where most forms of gambling fall. These two classes are where the money is and also where the Compulsive Gambler will often be found.
Compulsive Gamblers have a favored ‘zone’ where they feel their most at home. Some play Bingo passionately while others go for Card Games, Slot Machines, Roulette or any of the multitude of games available.
To know where the gamblers ‘zone’ is, ask these questions.
- · Where are you at when you are gambling? (Physical location)
- · What are you feeling when you are there? (What emotions are they feeling)
- · How much do you spend and where within this Location? (They may tell you the location within the location but often they will not be able to give you an amount.)
- · Can you tell me what you are thinking about when you decide to go to your ‘zone’?
Often these questions will solicit some defensiveness and vague answers. It did with me.
Be prepared for answers that could leave you wondering what is really behind the gambler’s answers. My vice was Scratch off tickets and I have no idea about how much I spent. It is important to get the Compulsive Gambler to a point where they are ready to quit. If they are doing the treatment for any reason other than they want to, it is unlikely they will quit. Just like any addiction, no treatment will stick without an interest in changing.